Texas Health Resources strives to provide health care services for the whole person - body, mind and spirit. In keeping with this commitment, the Department of Pastoral Care maintains a presence at each Texas Health hospital and at the corporate office. In addition, each site offers a chapel for prayer, meditation, quiet time and worship.

Spiritual care delivered through the Pastoral Care department and by others in the organization addresses concerns of the spirit: faith, hope, despair, meaning, purpose, life, death, guilt, forgiveness, fear and doubt. Pastoral care offers help for people trying to connect meaning with life circumstances that don't often make sense or seem fair. Members of the Pastoral Care department have answered a call to offer hope for those in the middle of brokenness. Chaplains do not try to convert people. They are trained to help bring together the physical, emotional and spiritual components that are necessary for an individual to experience healing, health and hope. Spiritual care services are available to patients, family members, hospital employees and medical staff members.

Worship
There is a weekly chapel service offered each Wednesday at noon in the chapel. The chapel is located between the main entrance of the hospital and the central elevator, adjacent to the main lobby.

The Pastoral Care department offers the following services:

  • Patient and family visitation
  • Response to referrals by physicians on the medical staff, nurses, patients and clergy
  • Pastoral support for families facing uncertainty in the event of inpatient or outpatient procedures
  • On-call availability 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Counseling and care for medical staff, employees and members of the community
  • Support groups for persons who experience loss or chronic illness
  • Worship experiences for patients, employees and medical staff in the chapels and at the patient's bedside
  • Bibles in patient rooms and other areas as well as literature related to spiritual and emotional issues concerning health care
  • Sacramental and ritual services (baptism, holy communion, anointing) provided by Pastoral Care staff or by arrangement with representatives of a recipient's religious community
  • Decedent care and memorial services
  • Journals provided in most chapels for expression of prayers, meditations and spiritual requests

To contact a chaplain or representative from a particular faith, please call the switchboard operator at 972-932-5400 and ask that the chaplain on call be paged. A chaplain is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The main hospital number is 972-932-7200.

On nights, weekends and holidays, the pastoral care/emergency response is handled through volunteer chaplains, members of the Attending Clergy Association. These volunteer chaplains are local pastors who volunteer their time to provide this valuable service.

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